The longlist for the 2012 Inter­na­tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced. Based in Dublin, the award allows libraries from all over the world to nominate their books of the year. It is open to books in trans­lation, as well as those originally written in English.

Among the nominees for this prestigious inter­na­tional literary prize is ROOM by Emma Donoghue. ROOM was nominated for the prize by 20 libraries,  from Ireland, Canada, the US, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, France and the Maldives! Click here to read more about what these nominating libraries loved about ROOM.

The 147 eligible nomin­ations for the prize come from 122 cities and 45 countries worldwide. 34 are titles in trans­lation, spanning 18 languages and 31 are first novels. Among the 34 translated authors are: Isabel Allende, David Grossman, Daniel Kehlmann, Per Petterson and Bernhard Schlink.

Other novels nominated for the 2012 award include A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Memory of Love by Animatta Forna, winner of the 2011 Common­wealth Writer’s Prize, and Cool Water by Dianne Warren, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction 2010.

The shortlist will be made public on 12th April 2012 and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will announce the winner on 13th June 2012.

To find out more about ROOM, click here»

Visit the website of the Inter­na­tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award or follow the prize on Twitter»

Read further online coverage of the longlist announcement at The GuardianThe Irish Times, The Bookseller and Canada’s National Post»


The judging panel for the 2012 Inter­na­tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (Jason Clarke Photography)